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Tea Party loses again: NYU grad students defy obstruction in precedent-setting 98% union vote

The United Auto Workers announced late Wednesday night that graduate students at New York University had voted - by a 49 to 1 margin – to join the union, and make theirs the only private university in the country where grad students bargain collectively over the conditions of their teaching and research work.

In a late night statement, anthropology teaching assistant Natasha Raheja hailed the “huge victory” and said the union was “determined to reach an agreement on a strong union contract by the end of this academic year.” Reached over e-mail, NYU Executive Vice President Robert Berne told Salon the university had stayed neutral “to permit the graduate students to express their views,” and would “now enter what we expect to be productive negotiations with the union.”

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